Bolt back to amaze the world, Su makes history

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 On Sunday night Bolt won his third World Championships 100m title in the stadium where it all began at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Usain Bolt is back!

The Jamaican, whose appearance in Beijing even was in doubt months before the world championships, stormed to defend his 100 meters world championship title in 9.79 seconds on Sunday at Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest where he turned into an athletics phenomenon with two world-record Olympic wins in the 100m and 200m as well as a gold medal from the 4x100m seven years ago.

Although the time was a far cry from his 9.58 world record as injury in the past two years took a toll on the multi-world and Olympic champion, the capacity stadium gave the 29-year-old a standing ovation.

China's Su Bingtian created history for the host country in world championships sprint event when he became the first Chinese to run the blue-ribbon sprint event final at the outdoor world championships.

Former world and Olympic champion Justin Gatlin came to the world championships with this year's leading time of 9.74 but had to settle for the silver in 9.80.

"On the last five meters I kind of stumbled a little bit," said the 33-year-old Gatlin, who has been in a brilliant form, not yet losing once since the 2013 world championships, winning all 22 races. "Everyone wants to come out here and win, but I came out here, got nibbed at the line by great Usain. Hopefully I have more great races to come."

Bolt's participation in Beijing looked in doubt until two 9.87-second runs over 100m at a cold and rainy IAAF Diamond League meeting in London on 25 July.

"The title means a lot to me. It has been a long season. Me coming back from injury," he said.

His title run also had seemed a hard one as 33-year-old in-form Gatlin has been in a brilliant form, not yet losing once since the 2013 world championships, winning all 22 races.

"That still was not the best. I still stumbled. I came out here, relaxed, no stress and brought it home," said Bolt who covered his face with both hands and faked playing "hide and seek" before the camera right before the start.

"My aim is to be the number one until I retire. And therefore I am pushing myself and pushing myself. It is all about running the race and getting it done. You can call that race rusty. I could have run faster."

Trayvon Bromell of the United States and Andre de Grasse from Canada tied for the third in 9.92.

Su managed to enter the final after a dramatic semifinal where three athletes all clocked 9.99 and all of them qualified to make it a rare nine-man final. It is also the first time in world championships history that a sub-10 second time has been required to reach the final.

"I was restless after the semifinal and I thought it was a long shot to enter the final. When the organizers announced my qualification, I was extremely happy," said Su, whose 9.99 equaled his own national record and made him the first Chinese to run under 10.

Su finished ninth in 10.06 in the final.

 Su created history for the host country in the world championships sprint events when he became the first Chinese to run the blue-ribbon 100m final in Beijing.

"After the heat and the semifinal, I felt I ran out of energy so 10.06 was good enough for me," Su said.

Su believed running along with top athletes like Bolt and Gatlin was both a honor and valuable experience.

"I felt honored as a Chinese to run in the 100m final. I think this experience will be very helpful for me as I know what it is like to compete with the world's very best," Su said.

Sunday saw four other gold medals find their owners.

In men's hammer throw, Poland's Pawel Fajdek won with a throw of 80.88 meters.

Dilshod Nazarov from Tajikistan took silver and Poland's Wojciech Nowicki had bronze, both posting 78.55 meters.

Joe Kovacs of the United States won the men's shot put in 21.93 meters and Germany David Storl took silver in 21.74. Jamaican O'Dayne Richards created a 21.69 national record to bag a bronze.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill came back after the birth of son Reggie last summer to win her second world heptathlon title after fellow Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson failed to score in the long jump.

Ennis-Hill garnered 6,669 points, beating into second place Canada's Brianne Theisen Eaton, who had 6,554. Latvia's Laura Ikauniece-Admidina took bronze with 6,516.

In the morning session, Moscow world championships bronze medalist Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain dashed China's hope to win their first men's 20km race walking title when he seized the victory in one hour 19 minutes and 14 seconds.

"The bronze medal in Moscow was important. I have been working very hard. I had strong rivals from China and Japan," said the 27-year-old.

China pinned high hopes on this event where 2012 London Olympic winner Chen Ding, London bronze medalist Wang Zhen and fourth-place finisher Cai Zelin joined force.

Wang, receiving two warnings, crossed the finish line 15 seconds behind Lopez. Chen had a disappointing ninth finish in 1:21:39 while Cai was fifth in 1:20:42. Canadian Benjamin Thorne came third in 1:19:57 to set a national record.

Title favorite Yusuke Suzuki of Japan, who smashed the world record at the Asian Championships in March in 1:16:36, withdrew mid-way.

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